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Derelict fishing net in the Green River.

Field Notes: Green River

by Sue Joerger Bright green blackberries bushes thick with white blossoms crowd the banks of the Green River. The air is sweet with the smell of cottonwoods and thick with pollen from the blooming grasses. I sneeze a dozen times as I ride my bike south on the Interurban Trail looking for illegal water pollution.… Continue Reading Field Notes: Green River

Polar Pioneer, Shell's drilling rig, docked at Terminal 5.

View from the Helm: The local and global impacts of Shell’s misguided Arctic adventures

by Chris Wilke, Puget Soundkeeper   “This waterway is restricted to commercial traffic only.” Those were the words from the US Coast Guard last Friday, May 15, after Puget Soundkeeper’s patrol boat declared its intention over marine radio to transit the west waterway of the Duwamish River, our normal route for the last 25 years.… Continue Reading View from the Helm: The local and global impacts of Shell’s misguided Arctic adventures

Shellfish cultivation in Samish Bay. Photo by Katelyn Kinn/Puget Soundkeeper.

Soundkeeper applauds response to community concern over pesticide use on shellfish beds

This page may be updated as new information becomes available. The Washington Department of Ecology has withdrawn its approval of a controversial plan to apply the pesticide imidacloprid to control burrowing shrimp in areas of oyster cultivation in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, on the Washington Coast. Ecology’s prior approval of the pesticide permit caused… Continue Reading Soundkeeper applauds response to community concern over pesticide use on shellfish beds

The Aiviq, an icebreaker ship that is part of Shell's Arctic fleet, docks at Terminal 5 on April 28.

City of Seattle says Port must obtain a new permit to host Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has decided that leasing Terminal 5 to Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet falls outside the use specified by the Port of Seattle’s current shoreline permit, according to an announcement by Mayor Ed Murray this morning. The Port must now seek a new permit or appeal the decision. They also… Continue Reading City of Seattle says Port must obtain a new permit to host Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet

Time is running out: Take action to protect local waterways!

Protecting safe water and healthy communities: what you need to know about Water Quality Standards in Washington On March 23, the Department of Ecology will conclude the public comment period for a multi-year process that claims to be aimed at reducing the toxic exposure of fish consumers in Washington State. Ecology’s proposal shuffles the numbers, but… Continue Reading Time is running out: Take action to protect local waterways!